Here’s What’s Happening at St. Peter’s



Monday, February 15
Presidents Day
One Mass Only: 9:00 AM
Rectory: Closed


Support Group for Parents
Grieving the Death of a Child

Third Monday of each month   Next meeting: February 15 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Parish Center No preregistration and no fee


Lenten Journey: Experiencing
Mercy Through the Scripture

Every Tuesday
February 16th through March 22nd
from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
Parish Center
No sign-up necessary.
Everyone is welcome!

There is a tremendous need for mercy in our world today. Pope Francis wants our parishes to become “islands of mercy in the see of indifference”. In the scripture, particularly in the gospels, we can find many examples of God’s mercy such as: the Prodigal Son, the Samaritan woman, the sinful woman.

We invite you to be part of this Lenten journey with the Sunday Gospels and spend some time reflecting on the endless love of God for all of us.



Rosary Annual Lenten
Night of Reflection

The next gathering of the Rosary will be Monday February 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel for our Annual Lenten Night of Reflection. This year we will be led by Mary Bertani. Please plan on joining us for an evening of prayer and reflection and as always you are most welcome to bring a friend.


Lenten Pasta and Prayer
for Men and Women

Join us during the season of Lent for Pasta and Prayer. This is a perfect occasion to take some time to nurture your spirit and body. Praying and eating together creates a strong sense of community and allows us to welcome new members of our parish in Christ. Please know your participation makes a difference in the life of St. Peter’s Parish.

Please select from the following dates. So that we can prepare, the deadline for signing up is one week before each date offered:

Monday, February 22nd
Monday, February 29th
Monday, March 14th 

Where: Parish Center – Time: 7:00 pm


Join us during the season of Lent for Pasta and Prayer. This is a perfect occasion to take some time to nurture your spirit and body. Praying and eating together creates a strong sense of community and allows us to welcome new members of our parish in Christ. Please know your participation makes a difference in the life of St. Peter’s Parish.

Please select from the following dates. So that we can prepare, the deadline for signing up is one week before each date offered:

Wednesday, February 24th
Wednesday, March 2nd
Wednesday, March 16th

Where: Parish Center – Time: 7:00 pm



Statue of Mary

Praying with Mary (Cover Letter)

Two statues are available every week through the end of 2016.  Pick up a statue at the rectory on Sunday (between 9:00 and 12:00) to pray with Mary throughout the week, and return it the following Sunday.




St. Martin’s Kitchen
Help Needed

Saturday, February 13

All who wish to participate are invited to join us. We will assemble in the parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and return to River Edge by 2:30 p.m.  In order to ensure that we will have enough volunteers, we would ask that all who intend to go call Ed Bowen at 201-599-3112. Your generous response is appreciated.


CRS Fair Trade

Just in time for Valentine’s Day! CRS/Fair Trade Sale of Coffee, Tea and Chocolate will be held next weekend, February 13/14 after all Masses in the Slipe Center.


Small Christian Communities
Gathering for Lent

SCC Core Community to Host 90-Minute Weekly Lenten Gatherings

Lent invites us to a time of prayer, reflection and conversation… to see ourselves, one another, and our world through the eyes of our merciful God.   The SCC Core Committee is hosting 90 minute weekly gatherings to explore the six Sunday readings of Lent.  You select the day & time most convenient for you.

– Overcome obstacles to God’s friendship
– Develop your relationship with God
– Explore your call to personal transformation
– Set your spiritual goals

Consider making a Lenten journey and deepen your commitment to Jesus. NOW IS THE TIME

To sign up, fill out a card which you will find in the pews during Sunday mass, or click on the Sign Up button to register online:



Lenten Film

Sunday, March 6 –  2:00-5:30 pm
“SELMA”, the true story of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights marches of Selma, Alabama.

On the 51st anniversary of the Freedom March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, come to see this powerful PG-13 film starring David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, and Tom Wilkerson in what critics called a landmark achievement. Many say that Dr. King’s dream changed America forever.

The movie tells the story leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. What happened during this historic march, persuaded President Johnson and Congress to overcome Southern legislators’ resistance to effective voting right legislation.

Light refreshments will be served.

Donations: The movie is free. Free-will monetary donations to Faith in New Jersey—a multi-faith, multi-racial group that empowers local communities to advocate for social and economic justice; allied with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the Office of Human Concerns.

To RSVP, call the rectory at 201-261-3366 or use the quick RSVP form:



Collection of Communion
Dresses, Veils and Suits

The Archdiocese of Newark will be organizing their third annual collection of gently used and new communion outfits, and St. Peter’s Parish will be collecting these items on their behalf. The Office of Development and Stewardship will be collecting gently used, in good condition, Communion dresses/veils, suits and shoes for our inner city parishes, the Religious Sisters at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart who know families in need, and any parishioner in need of one for their child.  Last year over 400 dresses and 200 suits were distributed.

All items can be dropped off at the St. Peter’s Rectory during normal business hours or at the Office for Faith Formation in the school beginning Monday, February 15, through Friday, March 28.

First Communion is usually celebrated when children are between the ages of seven and eight. It marks the first day on which a child is admitted to receive the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ, the sacrament that unites us to Christ throughout our lives.  A child’s First Communion is a special day for any family and the Archdiocese of Newark is trying to make sure financial hardship does not stand in the way of it being as special as it can be.

Outfits will be distributed in April. For more information, please email

Please make sure all outfits are free of stains and clean.



Join St. Peter’s on a
Trip to Cleveland!

Join St Peter’s on a trip to Cleveland!
June 2-5, 2016

Cleveland Rocks – Ohio
Featuring the “Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame!

Follow the music! Follow the progression of rock music at the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. Take the “Lolley the Trolley” Cleveland Tour. Cruise into the sunset as you dine onboard the Nautica Queen. Daily demonstrations and “hands-on” exhibits abound at the Great Lakes Science Center. Dine amid hundred of original entertainment artifacts at the Hard Rock Caf, and find out that Cleveland really does rock!

This package includes:
3 Nights Lodging
3 Breakfasts
3 Dinners, including Hard Rock Cafe and Nautica Queen Sunset Dinner Cruise
“Lolley the Trolley” City Tour
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Great Lakes Science Center
Downtown Cleveland
Gift for All
Luggage Handling
All Taxes and Meal Gratuities
Motorcoach Transportation

Cost $529 double occupancy
$100 deposit

For further information contact Bob Setzer 201-712-9272


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Mass Schedule

On the Lord’s Day
5:30 PM

8:00, 9:30 and11:00 AM, 12:30 PM

A Senior Citizen Bus
runs for the 11:00 AM Mass

Monday to Friday:
8:00 and 11:30 AM

Saturday Morning:
9:00 AM

Holy Days of Obligation
7:30 PM Vigil (evening before)
8:00 and 11:30 AM
on Holy Day

Sacrament of

11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon


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St. Peter's Youth Ministry

Make sure you don’t miss any of these upcoming Youth Ministry meetings!

Sunday, January 31st:  Youth Group meeting: Discussion on Politics & Religion | Catholic Underground NYC Permission Slips due.

Saturday, February 6th: 4:30pm – 11pm:  Catholic Underground NYC

Saturday, February 13th:  St. Martin’s Kitchen service trip to Jersey City

Sunday, February 21st: Youth Ministry Meeting: Guest Speaker: Fr. Mino from the Archdiocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.

Sunday, February 28th: Youth Group meeting: Discussion on Stress lead by Aine

SAVE THE DATE! Journey 2016 is coming!  Saturday, April 30th – Sunday, May 1st

As always, we are here if you have any questions or ever want to talk about anything.  Hope to see you soon!

St. Peter's Singles Support Group

St. Peter’s Support Group for Separated, Divorced, Single and Widowed Adults
1st and 3rd Thursdays / month
7:30 PM – School Meeting Room

All are welcome!

St. Peter's MOMS Group

MOMS Group
Weekly on Thursdays
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Casazza Center (in the Rectory)

All are welcome!

Outside St. Peter’s

Lent: Benedictine Sisters of Elizabeth

Benedictine Sisters of Elizabeth, NJ, invite you to

Lenten Lectures at 3:15 PM, followed by refreshments and 5PM Vespers . Open to the public; no registration or fee required.

February 21 –  Dianne Traflet, J.D., S.T.D. Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology, Seton Hall University, will present “Saint Edith Stein: The Benedictine Carmelite.”

March 13 – Rev. John D. Gabriel, Administrator, St. Rose of Lima Parish, Short Hills, NJ, will offer “An Examination of Conscience Using Disney Villains”

Lenten Retreats

“Lent Looking Forward to Easter” will be offered on February 20, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM, at Benedictine Sisters, Elizabeth, NJ.  Lent is a time to prepare for the joy of Easter.  Join with others who are seeking ways to more fully enter into the season of Lent.  Saturday only: $35 Lunch included. Open to all.
Weekend February 19-21 – Women only. $135.
Registration required. 908-353-3028.

The Benedictine Center at St. Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ, les invita a un dia de retiro, Contemplamos tu rostro Señor, el sábado 27 de febrero, de las 9:30 de la mañana a las 3:00 de la tarde. El valor es de $15 y debe traer su almuerzo. Para registrarse por favor contactar a la Hermana Lucy Hernández, OSB al 908-352-4278 X 113.

“Praying with Scripture” will be offered on March 12, 9:00 AM  – 3:30 PM, at Benedictine Sisters, Elizabeth, NJ. We read the Bible, but do we pray the Bible?  In prayer we often think of our words, but do we listen to God’s Word?
Saturday only: $35 Lunch included. Open to all.
Weekend March 11-13 – women only.$135.
Registration required. 908-353-3028.

Vocation Discernment Retreat
Is God seeking you to journey with Him in a religious community?  Come listen to His call at a Vocation Discernment Retreat with the Benedictine Sisters of Elizabeth, NJ.  March 18-20, 2016.  For info contact Sr. Mariette Thérèse at 908-352-4278 x274 or

“Holy Week Retreat for Women” at Benedictine Sisters in Elizabeth, NJ will center on the liturgy of each day. The retreat begins at 4 PM Holy Thursday until 1:30 PM Easter Sunday. $200.  Registration required. 908-353-3028

40 Days for Life (Through Lent)

Feb. 20: Special Noon Mass

A special mass and support group meeting for all who are affected by the disease of alcoholism will take place at Church of St. Mary, 20 Legion Place, Closter, NJ on Saturday, February 20, 2015 at 12:00 noon.

Mass is offered for the support, healing and recovery of not only the man/woman directly infected with the abuse of alcohol or drugs, but also for anyone involved in the life of the alcoholic or drug addict.  For information please call 201-768-7565.

Save the Date: April 16, 2016 for the 10th Annual Fr. Jim McKenna Memorial Fund Beefsteak Dinner and Reverse Raffle. See our website for more info:


Feb. 27: Women's Commission Day

Women’s Commission Day of Reflection: Saturday, February 27 at Seton Hall University

This year’s theme is “Alive in Christ: Celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy.” The English track will feature keynote speakers Leah Darrow and Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT. They will share their amazing stories of mercy, healing and the infinite love of Jesus Christ. The day runs from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM, with the doors opening at 8:00 AM. Registration is $20. The day includes continental breakfast. For more information and register online, visit their website

Mar 5: Catholic Men's Conference

Catholic Men’s Conference:
Saturday, March 5 at Seton Hall University

This year’s theme is “Be Not Afraid: Trust in His Mercy!” Speakers for the English track will be Patrick Madrid, best-selling author of Why Be Catholic? and radio host of The Patrick Madrid Show on Immaculate Heart Radio Network, and Gus Lloyd, host of Seize the Day radio show on Catholic Channel XM Radio. The day runs from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM, with the doors opening at 8:00 AM. Registration is $20. The day includes continental breakfast. For more information and to register online, visit their website


July: Catholic Ireland Pilgrimage

Join a 10 Day Catholic Pilgrimage in Ireland
Led By Deacon Joe from Our Lady Queen of Peace, Maywood
July 2-12, 2016 (11 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS)

It will be run by Perillo Tours. Here are the highlights. It is an easy trip for people who have difficulty walking!! Mass every day with visits to: Waterford, Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry, Killarney, Clare & the Burren, Ennis, Knock Shrine, Westport, Ballinger Abbey, Dublin and much much more! Full Irish breakfast every day and dinner with wine or beer every evening. Medieval Banquet also a Farewell Dinner& Show in a Famous Dublin Music Pub. Flying Aer Lingus from JFK all included in the price. If you are interested contact Dcn. Joe at: or Church: 201-845-9566 ext.119 Home:  201-791-6180 for further details.

Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors

The Pastoral Care Department of Hackensack University Medical Center is in great need of Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors to bring Holy Communion and visit our patients.

If you feel called to this wonderful ministry, to bring Jesus and your own presence into the rooms of the sick, please contact:

Rev. David Armstrong
Director, Pastoral Care
Hackensack University Medical Center
30 Prospect Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601


Life Source Hospice Seeks Volunteers

Life Source Hospice is seeking volunteers to be part of our elderly patients’ end-of-life care.  Volunteers serve as friendly bedside visitors to patients throughout Bergen County and provide them with much appreciated companionship by sitting, listening and praying with them. Volunteers also provide support to family members.
Volunteers determine their own schedules and can visit on evenings and weekends.  Most volunteers donate 2 hours a week of their time for a minimum of one year. Volunteers receive ongoing hospice training and support by experienced hospice professionals.
For more information, please contact Life Source Hospice at #201-967-4313 or

Help for New Moms Needed

Birthright of Bergen County, a crisis pregnancy center dedicated to encouraging and helping women choose life for their babies, is in need of volunteers to share their time and love for God’s miracle of life. Birthright provides community resources, clothes, diapers and financial help to women. Volunteers are needed in the office at 19 W Pleasant Ave, Maywood to greet, help and support mothers-to-be that come in or call in. If you have time and would like to volunteer, please call Mary Pat or Barbara at 201-845-4646.

Catholic Chaplaincy Volunteers Needed

The Catholic Chaplaincy at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, needs volunteers to: transport long-term residents to and from hospital Masses, to be friendly visitors to those confined to bed or wheelchairs, and to set up and take down altar items for hospital Masses on Saturdays (3:30 PM) and Sundays (11:15 AM). If you are 18 years of age or older and wish to volunteer, please contact Fr. Edito Gamallo at 201-414-0522 or Fr. John Quill at 201-421-0009 for more information. God will reward you for your kindness.

St. Peter Academy News

Adopt a Student Fund

Give the Gift of a Catholic Education

A Catholic education is a powerful tool for any child’s future, but for some children it is not financially within reach of their family. This is where the parishioners of St. Peter’s Church can give the opportunity of Catholic schooling to a child at St. Peter Academy by making a donation to our school’s Adopt-a-Student Fund. Any donation, big or small, can make a tremendous difference in a child’s life. Please make checks out to St. Peter Academy – Adopt a Student Fund and mail to the school at 431 Fifth Avenue, River Edge, NJ 07661.


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